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Early Action vs Regular Decision – what's the real difference?

Hey guys, I'm working on my college applications and I've seen both Early Action and Regular Decision options. I kind of understand the difference, but I wanted to know if there are any advantages or disadvantages to each. Can someone please explain this to me? Thanks in advance!

9 months ago

Hello! I'm happy to help clarify the differences between Early Action and Regular Decision for you.

Early Action (EA) is a non-binding application process that allows you to submit your application to a college earlier than the Regular Decision deadline (typically around November 1st). The benefits of applying EA include receiving an admissions decision earlier (usually by December) and showing your interest in the school. It is important to note that since EA is non-binding, you have until May 1st to make your final decision on which college to attend, just like regular decision applicants.

Regular Decision (RD) applications are typically due by January 1st, with decisions being released in late March or early April. The advantage of RD is that you have more time to work on your application and gather additional materials, such as higher standardized test scores or an updated transcript with your first semester grades.

In summary, consider applying Early Action if you have a clear top-choice school or feel ready to submit a strong application early. If you need more time to work on your application, Regular Decision may be the better choice for you. Good luck!

9 months ago

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